Being in a big city on the east coast for this long has really really made me miss red rocks, big open skies, flat, open earth as far as the eye can see, incredible sunsets, and of course, cacti. I lived in Arizona for three years, and then in Utah for five after that, so the desert really has left an imprint on me- probably for life. The dynamic scenery out in the desert is breathtaking, and something about the way it smells out there, especially after it rains, is something I wish I could bottle up and always have with me.
I've only had this blog about a year, so I'm just realizing I haven't gotten to share this sort of scenery with you. These are all photos taken in either Southern Utah, or Arizona, about 2-3 years ago. It's probably one of the best road trip routes there is. Just gorgeous. I miss it so much! And here is a little film I made with my super 8 camera while we were visiting Ryan's family in Mesa about 3 years ago...I think he proposed later that night, actually. It's on super 8 film and with an old camera, and has been digitized and exported enough times that the resolution has gone way down, unfortunately, but I still think the feel of the desert comes through. The band playing is The Ruby Lee, a local band from Mesa. I thought it only fitting.
p.s. In 24 hours I will board a plane for Utah and participate in the annual weeklong family campout in Moab (southern utah, where that famous arch is) I am so so so excited I could cry....in fact I might have already.